May 31, 2019

New AllianceTexas hub of Mercedes-Benz Financial reflects ‘cultural modernization’

Hillwood’s new office project for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services was designed by BOKA Powell.

DALLAS NEWS: New AllianceTexas hub of Mercedes-Benz Financial reflects ‘cultural modernization’
By: Paul O’Donnell, Business Editor

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA’s new business hub in Fort Worth is only about a mile from its old one. But the new 200,000-square-foot building represents more than a simple office move for the financial arm of the German automaker.

“We … believe our workplace must be reflective of our high brand standards and the cultural modernization of our company,” said Peter Zieringer, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. It’s “an investment in our talented workforce, in the transformation of our company and in … how we deliver world-class service to our customers and dealers.”

Zieringer and other company leaders joined with project partners and local officials Thursday to celebrate the business center’s opening in Ross Perot Jr.’s AllianceTexas development.

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services has called AllianceTexas home since 2007, when it centralized operations from several locations throughout the U.S. The company said the new business center retains 900 direct and indirect jobs in Fort Worth.

AllianceTexas is a 26,000-acre business corridor with nearly 50,000 workers, 44 million square feet of development and over $8 billion in private investment.

Mercedes-Benz’s four-story building is loaded with technology, from facial recognition software that greets employees and guests to sensors in meeting rooms for tracking real-time usage metrics. Artwork from artists at Southern Methodist and Texas Christian universities is displayed throughout.

It’s also packed with amenities, both inside and out. Inside, the building includes an on-site fitness center, restaurant-quality cafe and nap pods. Outside, the surrounding grounds include a basketball court, trails and covered areas for group meetings.

Dallas-Fort Worth area is home to at least half a dozen large auto-financing firms, including Capital One Auto Finance in Plano, GM Financial in Fort Worth, Santander Consumer USA in Dallas and Exeter Finance in Irving.